Date of Stay: November, 2015
As others have mentioned, a nice park with level, concrete pads adjoining the county park facilities. Pool was not open even though it was in the 90s, our escort to the park told us it was "seasonal." Huh? A bit tricky entering the park through the main gate which has toll-like booths, 9-1/2 feet wide. Keep to the right for the widest area. Go 3/4 of the way around the circle after the booths and continue straight to the visitor center to check in, there is an area where you can pull off and disconnect your toad. See if you can get someone to escort you to your site, we did (by playing stupid) and it was very useful. There are speed bumps and plenty of pedestrians and cars along the roadway in the park facilities before getting to the camping area. We planned to leave early Saturday morning to avoid traffic, but had to delay a couple of hours since the camping area was blocked off to accommodate a 5K run. Yes, there is significant train noise, but it doesn't bother us. There is a lot of congestion in the area off I-95, just be patient, you will get there.
Date of Stay: November, 2015
A clean, comfortable park. Nothing fancy but a good overnight stop off I-81. We reserved and stayed in a pull through site with a concrete slab. Our site had a partial slab, covering only about the distance between the front and rear axles of our 40' motor home, reasonably level. Gravel on either end of the slab. Sites were close together in our section but not unreasonably so. Did not need to unhook toad. However, looking across the park's access road to the gravel only sites, many seemed more level, wider, easier to access and preferable to the one we occupied, although with some trees that could block satellite TV. Seemed to be several seasonal sites, and some even quasi-permanent with skirting around trailers, but not unsightly. Plenty of grassy areas to walk the dogs. Close to I-81 but no road noise to speak of. All in all, a satisfactory stop and we would return.
Date of Stay: October, 2015
We spent an unanticipated three nights here while awaiting delivery of a part from Tiffin due to a faulty sensor from our DEF tank. Were in a "pull thru" site, which is mostly grass with a concrete slab on part of the site. Not many winter people had yet arrived for the season, but the manager told me they expected to be full over the winter. The park overall is flat, without landscaping, and not that impressive, but the manager and workers were simply wonderful, eager to help out in any way. We were led to our site by looping around a very narrow long road, glad someone was there to guide us. Trash goes in a dumpster in the back of the park. You are in the middle of nowhere here, surrounded by cattle fields, about 8 miles north of Moore Haven. A reasonable stopping point when traveling down U.S. 27 heading for the Keys, or vice versa. We would return.
Date of Stay: October, 2015
A beautiful park in the middle of nowhere. Sites are either under trees or open, as ours was, for satellite reception. Your choice. Our pull through site was on a concrete slab, comfortably wide. Plenty of peaceful space to walk dogs. Nice neighbors. Cons, the pool was open, but not heated and terribly cold. Lots of biting ants, even on the pool deck. Really have to dodge the ant hills when walking the dogs, I got bitten and those areas need to be treated, at least along the edges of the paved roadways. Also, tiny biting ants swarming all over the pool deck. The trash area was beyond overflowing for two days. One resident commented "they must not have picked up the trash this week." Still, a very nice park and we were just on the cusp of the winter season. Would not go out of my way to be there, but would return if in the area.
Date of Stay: October, 2015
A small park with mostly permanent units, but the sites closest to the highway are available for transient guests. Family owned park with extremely friendly and helpful staff who did not quit until we had a site that would accommodate our 40' coach, though certainly not ideal. The first site they directed us to was still occupied, we took the adjacent site and then were told it was booked and we could not stay there. They found us a pull through site next to the bathhouse usually used for pop-ups but we managed, as it did have 50 amp service. A bit tricky pulling in around some interesting obstructions! The next coach that arrived at the site next to us was a maestro in pulling their space as well. Easy pull out and access to the roadway in the morning. Grass site, plenty of area to walk dogs. Watch for red ants, we had an active nest on our site and staff took care of them immediately. Would return if in the area again.
Date of Stay: May, 2015
Only two things where I thought this park missed the boat that would otherwise justify a higher rating--the existing access from I-95 (rough roads and railroad crossings, but not impossible,and not the park's fault) via exit 180--and the lack of a pool, which was not an issue over the dates of our stay (May). Can't say enough good things about the friendly, knowledgeable staff at check-in, who were quick to refer me to a fine nearby walk-in clinic when needed. The park entrance is well marked, the sites are level, gravel, and spacious -- mostly easy pull-throughs, but some back-ins as well. The restrooms were immaculate. Good areas for dog walking. Limited number of trees do not interfere with satellite reception. There appear to be some seasonal sites. Have stayed at several other parks in the Bangor area and there is none that compares. There is another access from I-95 a couple of exits further north, but the overpass is currently under construction and not open to trucks and motorhomes at this time. Easier to take Exit 180 and grin and bear it.
Date of Stay: December, 2014
Make our first trip (obligatory, they say, for Tiffin owners) to Red Bay for service on our Allegro Bus. The reduced fee of $10 a night camping rate was due to replacement of the cap rails on our 2011 rig, a manufacturer's recall by Tiffin which was performed free of charge. (The body work after replacement of the rails was contracted out to the Red Bay Body Shop located right next to the Tiffin manufacturing plant, also on Tiffin's nickel.) Coaches still under warranty pay nothing for camping fees, otherwise sites are $20. Sites are narrow, with 50/30 amp service and you will definitely get to know your neighbors, which is good! All of us had a lot in common, so much so that sometimes it was difficult at night to find your own coach, they are so alike. Water was turned off while we were there (nights in the 20s and 30s), but city water was available to fill your tanks whenever needed. The bathrooms have enclosed showers, warm and comfortable, and clean! Without water available at the campsites they got heavy use but I never saw them dirty. Tiffin has a new customer lounge to use while your coach is in a service bay, with very comfortable seating, TV, vending machines, one side for pets and the other without. Service was exceptional, fast and the price was definitely right. Made up for the fuel use to get there from Maryland. About 100 sites, with space for boondocking if the regular sites are full. Dusty. Not a lot of areas to walk pets but we got by, and people were generally good about policing after their dogs. A nice laundry room with about 4 or 5 modern washers and dryers, very clean with comfortable seating. Very reasonable, $1 for a wash, $.75 for the dryer. A few small local restaurants but the county is dry. Our best bet for lunch was the Subway on Main Street at the #4 stoplight. There is a new Walmart market, just opened in early December 2014, about 5 miles away in the neighboring town of Belmont, Ms. Saves a 25 mile trip to the nearest Walmart supercenter. Otherwise Red Bay has a couple of small grocery stores, such as the Piggly Wiggly. Would definitely return whenever we need to. Worth it to get your work done promptly, efficiently, and by people who know your coach and how to repair it.
Date of Stay: December, 2014
Four nights in a peaceful site, fine for big rigs, right on the sound. Not much around in terms of restaurants or entertainment, but if you're looking for a beautiful environment, complete with plenty of wildlife, this is the spot. We pulled in to our site #41 next to the fishing pier. Site was level, white gravel and crushed shell, services fine, and the front end of our coach was almost hanging over the small beach -- we were that close to the water. Surprising tidal change during the day with lots of small birds looking for food in the sand. Bring your camera. Sunrises and sunsets are glorious. The town of Carrabelle is just a few minutes south with an IGA for groceries, a couple of package stores, a marina, some funky little cafes, not much more. We approached from the south through Apalachicola and enjoyed the coastal drive, later taking another day trip to both areas. While there were a number of seasonal snowbirds wintering over at the park, it is a bit too cold for me at night (30s in December, brrrr, but it warmed up to the high 60s during the day) and no real amenities, except the peace. But for a stay of a week or so or a few days, you will enjoy it.
Date of Stay: October, 2014
Really liked this campground though I didn't expect to after our wacky entry off I-95 and the back roads we encountered. We took one look at the recommended track and said, no way. Turns out we were wrong and should have followed the campground directions. Ross Road is not as bad as it looks, go ahead and take the turn. Stayed in a pull through with a small turnout for our car, just couldn't be better. Try to get a pull through if you're a big rig, but you can also get a back in with 30 amp. Most of the property seems to be seasonal but so nicely kept you'll be very pleased. And couldn't ask for a more pleasant front office staff. No pool, although we weren't looking for it in October. Close to Kennebunkport and all the restaurants and shopping there. Don't miss this one.
Date of Stay: October, 2014
I think I must have been in a different campground than the previous reviewers! Perhaps I have become too accustomed to campgrounds that truly cater to big rigs. The entrance to the park is a long dirt road that ends with a fairly steep hill up to the office area. I had called that morning to reserve a site and was told a reservation would not be necessary based upon my projected arrival time, and that there were plenty of pull throughs available. When we arrived on schedule, the park's owner commented that if he had a 40 foot motor home, he wouldn't go anywhere without a reservation, and I must have spoken to his son who was "too lazy" to make it. Oops! We were put in site 59, told we would not have to unhook our toad. Very tricky turns around trees, stupid us, should have unhooked anyway. Site was heavily wooded, 30 amp WSE, dirt, pull through, no grass for pets. One of my dogs cut her foot on glass when I walked her. Leaving early the next morning was also tricky for a big coach because there were cars parked in the roadway on the only way out. Perhaps there are other pull throughs on the other side of the park that are better suited to big rigs, but we did not see them. The long and short of it, if you driving the New York Thruway and want to stay at this park, be sure to make an advance reservation suitable for your coach! Located about 2 miles off I-87.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
For the life of me I cannot understand why Narrows Too is only 1/2 full in high season, and that was also our experience when we were last here two summers ago. Perhaps it is because the address is Trenton rather than Bar Harbor, but it is located literally just across the causeway from Mount Desert Island. It is ideal for big rigs, and there is not a bad site that I can see in the park. Sites are level, gravel as is the access road, super easy to navigate for big rigs. The laundry room is top notch. The park features a nice small heated pool, several lovely clean bath houses, plenty of lush grassy areas and flower beds throughout the park (a real plus if you have dogs), a friendly and helpful staff, all just a few steps from the water overlook if you don't choose one of the more expensive waterfront sites. Several excellent lobster pounds are right outside the campground entrance, with a helpful new stop light on Route 3 making access much easier than in previous years -- and you can't miss it! Plan on about 15 minutes driving time to Bar Harbor with good restaurants and quaint shops, and the same distance to Ellsworth with a Walmart Supercenter, two large supermarkets (Hannaford and Shaws) and all the customary restaurants, etc. If that's not enough, Bangor is about 40 minutes away. Easy day trips to beautiful Blue Hill, Bucksport and other Maine attractions. Acadia National Park is a must on anyone's bucket list. Only minus I can see is when people don't use common sense and drive slowly in the park, does raise some dust from the gravel roadways on dry days if not careful. The park does not really cater to children since the only real amenity is the pool, and most big coaches are owned by the baby boomer age group. Our preference, but families with young children might be happier in another park. We are staying a bit over 3 months in a premium or medium grade site (meaning not waterfront, although we can see the water) and this is the average nightly rate, inclusive, that we worked out with management. Shorter term rates are posted on their web site. TengoInternet is available at a charge, but we use our AT&T MiFi quite successfully. Gravel sites and roadway are the only reason I removed one star from my rating, but they are certainly not essential in this park.
Date of Stay: April, 2014
We have reviewed this park before and still think it is a perfect overnight stop on our way north/south on I-95. Pleasant staff, convenient location, good amenities. Just a note we discovered on this visit -- our previous 37' Class A fit fine in one of the paved sites without unhooking our Jeep toad, but the new 40' coach did not; the paved sites were too short to accommodate both the coach and the toad without unhooking. We had to move to a gravel site, which appears to be about 60' overall. Gravel sites are level, hard packed and easy to maneuver, so this will not affect our plans to visit often in the future. Very nice park. Nightly rate is Good Sam.
Date of Stay: April, 2014
Spent 5 nights here heading north from Florida. Friendly, helpful staff. RV sites are close together and not remarkable, with the exception of the covered patio areas at each RV site, very useful. Our awning reached over the edge of the patio cover and so we had a nice dry outdoor space to grill out when it rained. Sites are level, hard packed sand. We were about 7 sites back from the beach entrance, and prior to May 1, could walk our leashed dogs on the beach all day long. At high tide, there is not much beach, but when the tide goes out, there is a big, wide beach, perfect for walking. Monster outdoor pool was already open in early April. Also loved the location of the park, just down the street from outlet shopping, Walmart, and many great restaurants. If you like golf, there are courses nearby for every budget. We thoroughly enjoyed this park and will be back -- this fall!
Date of Stay: March, 2014
Lots of good things about this park, stayed 6 weeks during the high season. Our second visit. Not the most high end park we have ever visited, but everything you need and then some. Main pool kept at 86 degrees, clean and refreshing, hot tub plenty warm and enjoyed by many. We had a paved site near the main pool and clubhouse. Sites are generously sized. Great walking or biking -- 2.1 miles if you follow the outer loops around the park; more if you add some of the interior loops. Nice sized dog play area, plenty of rest rooms for the size of the park, although most units were self contained. Did not use the laundry this year but I did hear that it was going downhill. There is a brand new laundry facility nearby, located across the highway (U.S. 192) from the main entrance to the park, adjacent to the Publix grocery store. It's ideal for big items like bedspreads, etc. Not an overwhelming amount of activities in season but the ones I attended were enjoyable. Very close to Disney, Kissimmee, Orlando, etc. Wonderful, friendly neighbors throughout the park, plus helpful, friendly staff. Lake Magic is used as an "out" week facility for the nearby Thousand Trails, and many TT members told me they preferred Lake Magic overall. A perfect place for a long term stay, and we plan to return.
Date of Stay: January, 2014
This one is definitely a 10. Although only 100 sites, this is a big park area-wise. Big, spacious sites, with pavers and generous patio area, great walking and biking throughout the landscaped park, street lamps at each site, escort to your site, pull-ins on the river and lake sites and back-ins on the nature sites, gorgeous pool, sprinklers throughout, clubhouse and tennis courts, a long raised wooden walkway along the shoreline, pet friendly with a large play area and pet stations, a nice mix of seasonals and transients. The park feels like it is in the middle of nowhere, but really just a few minutes from Port Charlotte, Placida, Punta Gorda, and surrounding communities with an overwhelming amount of dining and shopping nearby. FYI, it is important to follow the directions provided by the resort in their confirmation email so you don't miss the entrance. (We did, dumb us, followed the GPS. A little tricky where we had to turn around.) Like it so much we are considering purchasing a site. Now if the weather would just warm up a little...